Brandon Jones, a former All-Big 12 Conference performer and Texas Tech offensive staff assistant, is in his fifth season as East Carolina's offensive line coach.
Before accepting the appointment to join Ruffin McNeill's staff on Feb. 2, 2010, Jones served as Sam Houston (Texas) State's running backs and tight ends coach during the 2009 season.
Three of Jones' linemen earned All-Conference USA honors in 2013, including a first-team selection in guard Will Simmons, during the Pirates' record-setting offensive season. Simmons, guard Jordan Davis and tackle Adhem Elsawi were credited as anchors for a unit that established school single-season standards for most passing yards (4,265), most total yards (6,086), most points (522), most touchdowns (68) and most first downs (346). In addition, his line provided protection for C-USA Most Valuable Player Shane Carden's notable signal-calling campaign that included ECU's first 4,000-yard passing performance in program history.
Jones blended a mix of veterans and newcomers during his initial season in 2010 using returning starters Willie Smith, Cory Dowless and D.J. Scott as mainstays in the trenches to help the Pirates establish themselves as one of the nation's top offensive units after installing a new spread scheme earlier in the spring.
His work with tackle Grant Harner, who earned inclusion on the league's all-freshman team, enabled ECU to stand prominently in the FBS statistics - standing fifth in redzone efficiency, eighth in passing offense and 16th in scoring offense. A year later, Jones molded a unit that featured seven players who made their first career starts during the course of the season, including three at the center position.
In 2012, ECU regained prominent visibility in the national statistics and returned to bowl play as Simmons and Elsawi earned All-Conference USA honors for the first time after giving Carden, then a first-year starter, plenty of time for a 3,116-yard passing season - the third-highest total in ECU history at the time.
During his two-year tenure on the Red Raider staff as an offensive assistant, Texas Tech rolled up records of 9-4 and 11-2 to earn invitations to the Gator Bowl (2007) and Cotton Bowl (2008), respectively. The `07 Red Raiders earned a final No. 18 national ranking while the `08 squad completed the season standing No. 12 in the final AP poll.
As a player for the Red Raiders, Jones started 22 games at center and earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior. He was a Rimington Award candidate as the nation's top center as a senior and earned the E. J. Holub Double Tough Award while being selected as the team's most improved player.
Jones was a first-team all-state choice on both sides of the ball at McNary High School in Keizer, Ore., helping lead the Celtics to the state title as a senior.
Jones, 30, was born in Wichita, Kan., grew up in Texas prior to moving to Oregon. He earned his bachelor's degree in communication studies from Texas Tech in 2006.
He is married to the former Latoya Daniels of Ft. Worth, Texas, and the couple are the parents of a daughter - Jordyn (2).